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Travel Services / Highland Jewels: nature, coffee and traditions

 

Our One Day travel program takes you to the unexplored Southern Highlands of Costa Rica where you will learn about the nature and traditions of this wonderful land, the birthplace of the 1948 revolution.

 

The personal favorite of Down to Earth's president Matias Zeledon, this area has been long ignored by the mainstream travel operators.

 

Departures: we have daily departures with a minimum of 2 passengers and a maximum of sixteen. Pick up time ranges from 7 am to 8 am in the major hotels in the Central Valley. A fully bilingual naturalist guide will accompany you every moment of your tour.

 

Description: the tour starts with a visit to the City of Cartago where we will see the ruins of the Church from the 1910 earthquake and the Los Angeles Basilica, home of the largest pilgrimage in Central America. As an average, 1.5 million people walk every year to the Basilica on the eve of August 2nd for an outdoor morning mass.

 

We then take the Interamerican Highway to the Dota/Tarrazu region. Stopping along the way for breaththaking scenery and historical sites, you will visit Las Ventoleras, site of the cruelest battle in Costa Rica's 1948 revolution.

 

Minutes later we will be in Ojo de Agua, where the Los Quetzales National Park ranger station is located. We will briefly visit and learn about this new park and start the descent to Providencia de Dota where the Down to Earth Coffee Estate is located. The ride down through the national park will give you an insight into its value: massive ancient oak forests and gorgeous flora line up the 9 mile stretch to Providencia.

 

Once we reach the town we will have a tasty, home-hosted lunch cooked by our friend Teresita Vega.

 

After lunch we will start the Down to Earth coffee experience, which, in two hours, will teach you the ins and outs of this wonderful beverage. Between the months of January and March, you will participate in the harvest by picking coffee and helping process it. Between April and August you will work at the farm caring for the trees in the nursery,

 

A leisurely drive through beautiful highland forests and quaint farmland will return you to your hotel in the Central Valley by 7 pm.

 

Price: US$119 per person. Click here to inquire about quantity discounts.

 

Please email us if you need more information or wish to make a reservation.

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